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 Don Salmela  (1925 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: illustrations, landscape painting

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The following information was submitted by Scott Wilder:

Don Salmela produced many original water colors.  His preference was landscapes, most of them autumn or winter scenes that reminded him of his childhood. Don's paintings feature outstanding composition, excellent water color technique, and a smooth, flowing style.

He was an illustrator for Brown and Bigelow in St. Paul, Minnesota for about 15 years, turning out calendar art for the world's largest calendar company.  He painted many, many  winter  scenes, and specialized in landscape watercolors.  Nearly all of his works at that time were watercolors, a medium that he became extremely talented in. There are limited edition copies of a fall scene he painted in Minnesota, on the Rum River. Salmela would frequently go out on site on Saturday mornings in the fall  where he would sketch and paint. After leaving Brown and Bigelow, he worked on his own, and moved into package art, working for numerous companies such as Schapper Toys.  During that period, he did very few water colors paintings, but at the end of his career he was commissioned to paint a winter logging scene for the Wisconsin Historical Society.  It was absolutely his finest work. In his retirement he is spending time with 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Alan Salmela, the artist's son

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